Thanks to these documents, Oelhafen discovered that her real birthplace was Sauerbrunn, in what was then Yugoslavia. Shockingly, Oelhafen wasn’t even German, although she had been raised to believe that she was. Then, through Oelhafen’s research, a heartbreaking story began to emerge.
At the post-war tribunals known as the Nuremberg trials, a witness had testified that Oelhafen, or Matko as she was then known, was actually born to resistance fighters. Apparently, in 1942 she was being detained in a camp, along with her mother and two older siblings.